Respite from Reactivity:

The Equinox, the Venus Star Point, and more.
An Online Celebration, Attunement, and Community Healing Session on March 21

Freedom vs. Control is the ongoing theme of this year.

Have you felt it?  It’s everywhere!

You thought that everything would ease at the new year, and instead it seems to have gotten more intense. You’ve noticed that everyone is reactive — including yourself!

If you look on the surface you don’t see any way through. You may find yourself getting caught up in the drama, or find yourself in conflict, fear, and/or anger.

At the same time, you may feel the underlying stirring of hope and know in your bones that expansion is coming even if you cannot see it. You may feel your inner creativity welling up.

You’re more than ready for a break from all the reactivity.  You want to step into your power, to take your next steps in your personal or professional life, but the intensity of these times has worn you down.  You are longing not only for a respite, but for a place to really launch your creativity.

(Image attribution:  Arielle Guttman,
Venus-Earth Mandala

Quick Details:

Date: March 21, 2021

Time: 8-9:30pm Eastern

We will be on zoom.

Already know about attunements and ready to register?

Do you resonate with one of these situations?

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    You know that we’re in the midst of a huge transition, but the tensions and the fierceness of the current unraveling are really hard to deal with.
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    You have tried to step out of reactivity; you’ve tried not to be affected by the drama. But it’s everywhere, and it’s hard to hold your center.
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    You feel your inner creativity bubbling up – but all the tensions and volatility on the outside (and maybe inside too) are holding you back.
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    You may find yourself triggered by events and you may keep getting caught up in the drama or fear or anger, and can’t seem to move out.
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    You’re ready to “just get on with it!” But you feel stymied on every side, and you long to break free.
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    You feel yourself caught between the old way of being – the old structures – and your sure inner knowledge that something new is coming, getting ready to breakthrough. But you just can’t get there.

While you’re still feeling the theme of this entire year — Control (Saturn) vs. Freedom (Uranus) — there are hints that something else may be opening up

What you’re experiencing is the lead-up to several events, starting with the Equinox on March 20th, and moving through to March 28.

Even though so many of the old structures are crumbling, you’re getting glimpses of hope.  Your inner creativity is percolating.  You’re ready to actually make that new beginning that you began to experience at the Jupiter/Saturn conjunction back in December.  At the same time, you’re tired of the struggle and are ready for a rest.

Now is the time to come back to center, to get grounded in the earth and the earth’s cycles, and to get connected in community. Now is the time to find an oasis in the midst of the eruptions, turmoil, volatility, and unraveling.  That grounding and rest will fuel new projects and vision.  On March 21, Venus will enter Aries.  This puts more focus on relationships (including romantic relationships), and brings passion and enthusiasm which you can harness for your projects and dreams.  On the same day, Mars (energy) and Saturn (discipline) connect in such a way that it will provide the energy, determination, and discipline to use your power for good.  This is a time when you can make practical progress with your ideas, hopes, and dreams.

On the 26th, Venus and the Sun meet in a rare conjunction that is called the Venus Star point.  Harmony and Beauty are the watchwords for this meeting. 

​​The star point will support romance, partnerships of all kinds, and acting in the world from a place of love.  In addition, this event will boost confidence in your intuition, as well help you move into leadership. It’s a time for personal affirmation and power as well. This Star Point will bring out the best of who you are and what you have to offer.  

Last but not least, on March 28, the full moon in Libra will help you find balance in your life and bring harmony to your relationships. One person I read said that this event will infuse you with diplomacy and grace.  That will be extra welcome after the overreactivity that has been so prevalent thus far this year.

This Session is for everyone!

I have been guided to offer a series of celebration, attunement, and healing sessions throughout this year to support you in continuing to move forward into the light and expansion that seems to have been covered over this first part of the year.

These sessions are for all! Anyone on our planet who is experiencing or has experienced both the contraction and the push toward transformation that we’ve been undergoing will experience the benefits of this session.

On March 21 we will gather to celebrate, and you will be attuned to the equinox as well as the upcoming Venus Star Point (and more):

The Equinox is traditionally associated with the beginning of the astrological year in Western astrology.  The Equinox is associated with the fullness of Spring and new beginnings; and these themes are even more important this year in light of the Great Conjunction.  This marks the astrological start of that 200 year cycle begun with the Jupiter-Saturn meeting on December 21.

Not only will you find a respite from reactivity, but the other events will encourage you to stand in the center of your being so you can radiate love, connection and transformation out into the world. This is an opportunity to step into even more of the light, and to awaken your consciousness even more.

On March 21, you will also be attuned to the Venusian energies, and in particular, the Venus Star Point, that will help with this ongoing dance between Saturn and Uranus.

Saturn is about limitation; Uranus about freedom;

Saturn pulls you back to the old; Uranus is about the new.

Saturn is about rules; Uranus is about breaking free of the rules.

Saturn is about order; Uranus breaks down to break through.

Their repeated and ongoing opposition will continue to highlight – even erupt – the tension between freedom and control for this year. Being attuned to the Venus Star Point, and more,  will help you move with greater ease through this face-off.  It will give you the tools to begin to put your innovative dreams and ideas in place, to feel your intuition expanding, to set boundaries, and to step into your power.

This session will help you:

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    Come back to center, get grounded, and take in the light so you can move into the expansion of this season.
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    Find a place of renewal and refreshment that will sustain you in these tumultuous times.
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    Connect with your own inner resources and light to deal with all that’s going on.
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    Let go of the past, so you can step into what’s coming with ease, making both outer and inner space for new beginnings.
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    Embrace your inner power and unleash your creativity.

There are three components to these sessions.

The first is celebration.

We will celebrate the cross-quarter holidays of light and fire. These holidays are the true beginnings of each season. Celebrating them together – yes, even together online — will give you a sense of grounding and connectedness to each other and the earth.

Gathering together, celebrating with ritual (even as simple as lighting a candle and sharing a blessing), will also re-connect you with the light that is coming through and changing every one of us and our planet. More than that, it will be a time to drink in that light so it can continue to illuminate you and help others to experience the light.

The second is healing.

We will gather for healing – individually and collectively. Each person who is registered will receive the healing session, and we will also do some healing work for the whole planet.

The last component is attunement.

As I have been doing for the past year, I will attune you to the current astrological energies so that you can move through with grace and ease. I will also attune you to the cross-quarter holidays themselves, so you can connect deeply with the earth and find strength and sustenance from that connection.

These attunements will also help you deal with the ongoing face-offs between Uranus and Saturn (and Uranus and some other planets as well). Uranus, the planet of eruptions, volcanoes (physical, emotional, and metaphorical), and awakening, is shaking things up. Being attuned to these energies will help you deal with the shake-ups.  It can also catapult you forward in your own personal and spiritual growth.

Finally, these attunements will re-connect you with the huge shift that happened in December (the Great Conjunction), and with the light that is bringing awakening, change, and a global shift from power-over to power-with; the light that is literally pouring into our planet and each one of us, changing our very DNA.

What is an attunement or alignment and what is its power?

Attunement means to “bring into harmony.” It helps you to be “in tune” with the energies that are strongly affecting us. Alignment means “the proper positioning or state of adjustment of parts in relation to each other.” When you are aligned with the energies, that puts you in sync with them and gives you a greater ability to incorporate the gifts they bring and to use these energies more effectively.

Being attuned or aligned means that you have nature’s support for these shifts. This session will connect you with the opportunities for growth that these events is bringing.

As your Guide: Mary Shields, PhD

Since 2003, I have been working with astrological energies as a healing practitioner. About a decade ago, Spirit gave me the gift of attuning and aligning people with these energies in such a way that they can use them for their greatest benefit and healing. I have been working both individually and in groups in this way ever since.

Additionally, I bring a strong background in Celtic spirituality. I lived in Scotland for two years, and also did research on Celtic spirituality as part of my sabbatical. As a minister, I know first-hand the importance of ritual and gathering. I love facilitating both, and have been doing so for several decades.

One of my gifts is creating community, and I now have close to a decade of experience doing it online. For many years, I did these attunements and celebrations via teleconference. Zoom has enhanced our sense of connection and community by adding the ability to see each other as we participate together.

What are the Details?

Date:  March 21, 2021

Time:  8 – 9:30 pm eastern time

We will meet via Zoom.

Once you sign up, even if you cannot be on the call, you will receive the celebration, attunement, and healing session.

The event will be recorded; you will also receive the recording.

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What happens on the call?

This is an energetic and healing session, so the process is not like a workshop or class with exercises. Celebration will begin and end each event. I will begin with opening sacred space. After some information on the cross-quarter festival, I will attune you to the cross-quarter holiday, and I will lead you in a celebration. I will let you know ahead of time what to bring or prepare (for example, I may ask you to have a candle ready to light together).

Next, I will give some information about the astrological event, as well as the challenges and opportunities it brings. We will then dive into the attunement(s) and session, which I will explain as they happen. There will be some short periods of silence. I may ask you to breathe deeply or tap your head, heart, and navel (the three brain centers of the body — to learn more, click here). The last part of the healing session is devoted to the healing of the planet, with all of us participating through holding space. We will end by completing our celebration together.

Generally, you are in a relaxed, receptive state throughout. I do suggest you have a notebook handy for any notes you wish to make. I also suggest that you make sure you are in a private, receptive space.

It is especially powerful if you can be on video for the first part of the call, so we can see and feel each other more directly that way. And not to worry if you can’t be on the call live, or need to be on audio/phone only: if you are registered for the call, you are fully connected into the entire event.

What might you experience during or after the session?

You may or may not feel anything during or after the session. That’s perfectly fine. The energy and healing will still be working in you whether you can feel it or not. Whatever you experience (or don’t experience) is just right for you. You will receive what you need.

You may seem to “fall asleep” during the session. Or, you may fall asleep every time you try to listen to the session for a while. This is also perfectly normal. If this happens, know that you are in a very deep, restful state where Spirit can do the deeper work inside you. Don’t resist it and don’t worry — you haven’t missed a thing! Just follow your body’s needs as you listen, and the session will work in you as it needs to.

After the session, you may feel energized and ready to take on the world, or you may feel, as my client Linda told me, “Like I was hit with a truck.” The session will affect you differently than it will other people. What you feel after one session may be completely different than what you feel after another. The energy and healing will be continuing to work in you for quite some time. Be gentle with yourself, especially the day after. Drink lots of water, rest, and give yourself time to integrate.

What is an equinox?

An equinox is one of two days in the year where the amount of daylight and darkness are almost equal no matter where you live on the planet.  As I mentioned above, in Western astrology, the vernal (or spring) equinox represents the beginning of the new astrological year. It is a time for celebration and new beginnings.

Why celebrate these holidays that mark the wheel of the year?

It is more important than ever to celebrate the holidays that connect us with the earth and the earth’s cycles. In the midst of the pandemic, there have been very few opportunities to celebrate. The eruptions and volatility – anger and fear-mongering and hate – have been strong.

Eruptions, volatility, volcanoes – are all dramatic. The drama of unfolding events in the past month – even three months – has been overwhelming.

We have either been consumed by or overshadowed by the constrictions, the breakdowns, lockdowns, and the ongoing shifting of most of what we’ve known. The drama itself has our attention.

In the midst of this it’s been hard to see that it’s not all bad. That even in the midst of very difficult, times, there is more going on than meets the eye.

These seasonal holidays draw us back to basics.

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    They connect us with the earth.
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    They help you to get grounded and centered.
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    They provide the reminder that the drama and the constrictions may be the loudest voices, but they will not have the last word.
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    They remind you that everything goes in cycles.
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    They remind you that what is causing the most noise and drama is not all there is.
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    They help you have hope that this cycle is passing – or almost past – and it’s time to step into the new.

When we attune to the cycles of the earth, we are no longer swept away by the swirling and eruptions on the surface.
We remember we are part of something much larger and greater.

When we attune to the festivals of light, we bring light back into our lives and the lives of others. We shine the light of truth onto the shenanigans of those acting out more hatred and division.

What others have said about attunements

“Powerful,” and “Incredible” are the most-used adjectives I hear from those who write to me after an attunement.

Some of the comments I’ve received about the last celebration, attunement and healing session: “Amazing Session!” “Beautiful and powerful session!”

“Thank you for hosting the attunement. Somehow, I felt I needed to join in this. Over the past couple of weeks, I have experienced low back pain, affecting hips and legs, stiffness, and soreness. I felt the relief in the sacrum, which also relieved the hips and legs. It all went away when the bones balancing happened! I have been able to squat, not all the way, but something I have not been able to do for a long time. I’m hoping this lasts so that I can do more on my yoga practice.” A day later, she wrote, “So good to be able to move without the pain and stiffness!”
Vicki W, Michigan

“Those in my orbit are noticeably more ‘lighter’ and joyous since the session.”
Casper B, British Columbia

“Thank you, Mary. I so enjoyed the session and the background and astrological facts that accompanied it. It was a great evening and loved being connect to 99+ people I’ve never met, but we will be connected now for sure. The healing of the planet was wonderful and so needed.”
Cindy H., North Carolina

“I joined the group only by phone last night and was blown away by the energy I felt during both the attunements and healings.”  A few days later, she wrote, “My awareness seems more expansive and I sense being an integral part of the Whole.”
Becky A., Ohio

I’d love for you to join me. It’s going to be a warm, open-hearted group, and the transformation is deeply nourishing and supportive.

Registration:  $45

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